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Hilfswerk Austria on tourism development in Sri Lankla

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hilfswerk Austria, a non-profit, cross-denominational and non-party organization provides international humanitarian aid for victims of war and environmental disasters and long term development assistance in 32 countries. The organization is affiliated with Osterreichishes Hilfswerk (Austrian Welfare Organization) with the basic idea of ‘Meeting Austria’, provides sustainable support to people in need for many years in a professional and unbureaucratic manner and directly onsite.

UNDP assists tsunami affected fishermen in North-East Sri Lanka

Two Flake Ice Plants and a Seafood Collecting Centre were opened June 1, 2006 in the north-eastern district of Mullaitivu. The ice plants and collection centre were provided through the Japanese-funded Recovery of the Fisheries Sector project being implemented by UNDP.

Selection puzzles

By Ramu sharma - Syndicate Features

Kiran More certainly has a lot to explain about the ham handed way in which the team for the Test matches against the West Indies has been finalized. Selectors do make mistakes and Kiran More and his team are no exception. But perhaps it is the string of successes, but More and his co-selectors have shown very little wisdom in their choice of some of the players.

BoC to support CPC with syndicated credit facility

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Financial Correspondent

Bank of Ceylon (BoC) has called quotations for a syndicated credit facility for US $ 250 million from foreign financial institutions. According to industry sources, this syndicated financial credit facility will be utilized in shouldering the heavy oil import bills of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). “This special facility will be used to settle the excessive oil import bills of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation during the next few months,” the source said.

Pak-Afghan-US tripartite commission discusses security situation

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), held its 17th meeting in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalipndi on Tuesday and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and Pak-Afghan border. Delegates included Major General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Director General of Military Operations of the Pakistan Army, Lieutenant General Sher M. Karimi, Director of Operations of the Afghan National Army, Lieutenant General Karl W. Eikenberry, Commander, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan and Lieutenant General David Richards, Commander of NATO-ISAF.

Security Council resolution, Canadian support essential for democracy in Burma

The United Nations Security Council must enact concrete measures aimed at forcing Burma’s ruling military regime (SPDC) to respect human rights and end its use of violence and political repression against its people, Rights & Democracy said today in a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. The recent renewal of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention under house arrest, which now totals more than 10 years, and the internal displacement of more than 13,000 Karen villagers after recent military assaults are two of the latest developments in Burma that necessitate a firm and unequivocal Security Council resolution in defence of human rights and democracy there.

LTTE reacts negatively to SLMM proposal on naval monitoring

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is likely to put off its decision on resuming naval monitoring, after the LTTE failed to respond positively to their proposal which was sent out to the Government and LTTE Peace Secretariats last month. "The Government has officially responded to our proposals very favorably. But the LTTE has instead of addressing our questions have forwarded more queries, thereby failing to provide us with a positive response," SLMM Spokeswoman Helen Olafsdottir told the "Asian Tribune."

Sri Lanka to participate in Bangladesh Single Country Trade Fair

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s large scale, small and medium entrepreneurs are to attend forthcoming Bangladesh’s single country exhibition with the view to explore business opportunities in the country. The Export Development Board [EDB] says it has already interviewed more than 40 entrepreneurs to select the trade mission. According to Mrs.Ranjani Thudugala, Director of EDB, the exhibition would be held in early July this year .

Special team to investigate Batticaloa prison breakout

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Commissioner General of Prisons, retired Major General Vajira Wijegunawardana will dispatch a special team to investigate the escape of eight prisoners from the Batticaloa prison on Monday, the escapees included seven Tiger cadres. The incident had occurred on Monday morning when prison guards had gone to serve the meals to these prisoners. It is learnt that one of these LTTE cadres had pointed a pistol at a prison guard and had escaped.

Killings and forced labor continue in Karen state as Burma army captures civilians

The Burma Army is continuing its offensive in Karen State, the biggest since 1997. Eyewitness’s reports of further killings, burning of villages, the capture of civilians, including children, and the use of forced labor. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a London based Burma advocacy group in a statement released to the press stated that according to the latest reports from the Free Burma Rangers, a relief team working in eastern Burma, the number of displaced people in Karen State has risen to over 18,000. In one area, over 800 civilians have been captured and forced to work as porters for the military, along with over 1,000 prisoners.

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